South Kitsap School District’s 12th annual Back-to-School Celebration is taking place Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marcus Whitman Junior High School.
Last year’s event was visited by more than 6,000 people. This year, the district expects about the same number to attend. Students and family can come, meet faculty, get free school supplies, free food and play games in a fun atmosphere to kick off the new school year, said Amy Miller, South Kitsap School District community relations director.
“There will be well over 70 booths set up by community vendors,” Miller said. “Each school has a booth with staff and their principals there.”
Along with staff introductions, entertainment will take place, including local dance groups, karate demonstrations, Boy Scouts and more.
“Everything is free,” Miller said. “There will be hot dogs, popcorn, otter pops, water, all sorts of things.”
There will even be a dunk tank for students to attempt to dunk their principal or favorite teacher during the celebrations.
To help with parking, a shuttle bus will run from the Tractor Supply on Mile Hill to Whitman Junior High.
“It’s a great event that helps kick off a new school year,” Miller said. “Our new superintendent will be there, as well, for people to meet and ask him questions.”
The event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is open to all.